Consumer Reports: New iPad Runs Hotter

Thermal imaging pegs it at 116 degrees
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM CDT
Consumer Reports: New iPad Runs Hotter
The new iPad, which went on sale for the first time around the world, is displayed at the flagship Apple Store on March 16, 2012 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In its few days on the market, the new iPad has been drawing complaints from worried customers that it runs awfully hot. A Dutch site says its tests have shown that it runs 10 degrees hotter than its iPad 2 predecessor. Now Consumer Reports testing has shown that it's even higher than that. The magazine subjected the device to thermal imaging testing, and found it hitting temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The tablet hit that temperature while plugged in, after running an intense game—"Infinity Blade II"—for 45 minutes. That made it 12 to 13 degrees higher than the iPad 2's top mark, but tester Donna Tapellini says that when she held it, it "felt very warm, but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period." Apple, for one, is brushing off the complaints. In what All Things Digital characterizes as a "chilly response," it said simply that the iPad operates "well within our thermal specifications" and directs people with concerns to "contact AppleCare." (Read more iPad stories.)

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